Thursday, October 22, 2015

More cards.................

Hi everyone, have been keeping busy making more Halloween cards.  I was poking around Pinterest and came across an old technique that Tim did on a Christmas tag back in 2008.  He painted a tag black and then clear embossed a flourish on it.  Over the top of that he painted some juniper paint.  Before it dried he wiped with a cloth over the top of it, leaving the embossed flourish showing thru.

I decided to try it with some Halloween colors.  I used black cardstock instead of painting some black but then I clear embossed this Raven stamp I have.  It is about 4 x 5 so it covered most of the front of the card.  Then I painted over it with orange paint.  Using a damp cloth, I swiped over the entire thing leaving the stamped images free of paint.

I added some other embellishments across the front along with a couple of bats and a spider that I made out of shrink film. The gray web looking stuff is actually cheesecloth that I colored with Pumice Stone Distress stain.  The 'hocus pocus' words are stickers. Love how the background turned out.

The other one I made, I used a another technique that I saw on Pinterest.  Apparently it was a technique that Tim used in his latest online class, somewhat altered.  They used aluminum foil to cover a piece of cardstock, glued it on. Then they embossed it with a leaf flourish. Then they covered it with black paint to get it in the crevices and wiped the excess off.

So.................. using my Halloween inspiration, I covered a piece of black cardstock with aluminum foil. I let it dry a little first so it wouldn't crack or tear.  Then I embossed it with the spider web embossing folder.  Then I covered that with black paint and wiped the excess off.  It turned out really cool looking, don't cha think?

I added some orange cardstock under a black 'Happy Halloween' ribbon, a big spider I die cut and coated with glossy accents.  A couple bats, a crossbones and a die cut '31' round out the rest of the embellishments.

I still have a witches' hat I wanted to decorate.  Have had it for several years and never got it done so I'm thinking now is the time.  I used to wear black halloween hats to the "Black Hat Society" tea parties I used to attend when I lived in FL.  Really miss those ladies and those tea parties.  One of them, Gloria, actually sent me an invitation to the Halloween tea party she's giving this year.  Sure wish I could attend.  I'll make and wear my hat and be there in spirit. Love you girls!!


Monday, October 12, 2015

Trick or Treat

Hey peeps, are you ready for Halloween?  I have all my decorations out and I bought a pumpkin for the front porch.

I have also been making some cards and stuff.  First I made this like panorama out of a cigar box.  I saw one similar on Tim Holtz's blog that was made out of his configuration boxes and I didn't have any of those.  I am trying really hard to just use what I have and not buy anything else, I have so much.  So..............I made mine out of a cigar box and I made all the little boxes inside myself out of chipboard.  The bottom one I made a drawer so you can pull it out and drape something over the top of it.  I had some Gasparilla beads that had skulls and crossbones on it so I cut it up and used some of them.  I used some Tim Holtz ideology, bottles, and letterpress letters as well as some other things I had in my halloween  arsenol. I even decorated the lid so when it's open it looks like it belongs, then I can close it again.

Halloween Panorama

The cauldron was made of that clay stuff you can form anything out of, the web looking stuff is cheesecloth that I colored using Pumice Stone Distress Stain

The little bottle of red 'eyeballs' are actually those micro beads and they came in that little vile.  The skull hanging out of the drawer was a left over earring, lol, remember I just used what I had.

The skulls were from the Gasparilla beads with some wishbones.  I still need to put some labels on my bottles but my printer is down right now so as soon as it is repaired I'll make some labels.

Here we have the letterpress letters and a little wooden barrel of poison.
It is a great addition to my Halloween decorations and I just love it.

I have also put together a couple of cards. The first one I used Tim's spider web embossing folder and a big black sparkly spider.  I cut the 31 from some orange foil that's in my stash.  Love the wide black/white ribbon with a button stitched on.  See what you think.

I even added some black fringe yarn down the side for an added attraction as well as the the word 'eek'.
I used the same Halloween Script thinlits to make the 'happy halloween' letter on the inside of the card.

The second card was made with the candlestick die from Tim Holtz.  I placed some black netting over the top of the orange base first. Then I added all the goodies.

Had some left over black flocked cardstock that was cut in squares so I glued them all together. Pulled a cotton ball apart and spread it around.  Added some distress stained cheesecloth underneath the word 'spooky' and some little black flowers at the top.